In recent years, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, held annually in England, has become a significant event on the calendar of many carmakers. Especially for those selling high-performance models, the event provides an opportunity to showcase coming or present models as publicity is global.

At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, sportscar fans will get to see the performance potential of the all-new Toyota Supra when a production prototype makes its global debut at the event which will be on this week. The on-track debut of the Supra prototype follows Toyota’s commitment to revive the famous nameplate and produce a new generation Supra as announced at the Geneva motorshow in March this year. Now, with the showcasing of a production prototype, Toyota has confirmed that the new Supra is expected to go on sale internationally in the first half of 2019.

As the car will only go on sale in the first half of 2019, the final design details must remain secret for now so the car racing around Goodwood Estate will be masked in the black, red and white colours of Toyota GAZOO Racing. Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and master driver Herwig Daenens will race the reborn legendary coupe up Goodwood’s iconic hillclimb course each day of the event.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, TRD USA is also preparing for the return of the Supra. It has developed a racing car for the hotly contested NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) which will make its track debut at Daytona in February 2019.

“Supra’s return in production form is huge news, but now we’re also going to see this iconic sportscar return to American motorsport. From a marketing perspective, it’s important to have a race car that evokes the dynamism and character of its showroom counterpart,” said Ed Laukes, Group Vice- President of Toyota Division Marketing in the USA.

To build the Supra for NASCAR, TRD and Calty (Toyota’s advanced design studio in California) scaled the new Supra to fit within NASCAR’s specifications for race vehicle entries in the NXS. Toyota has fielded a Camry in NXS competition since 2007, capturing 4 manufacturer championships while the Camry has earned 2 driver championships and 143 wins.

The Supra previously raced in both America and Japan where it was a dominant force in Super GT competition and as a contender in the IMSA Camel GT Series in the 1980s. It also made two appearances in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in the 1990s.

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